The mutagenicity of capsaicin and dihydrocapsaicin in V79 cells

Terence A Lawson, P. Gannett

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Abstract

A crude mixture of capsaicinoids (CAPs) from Capsicum frutrescens, capsaicin (C) and dihydrocapsaicin (DC) but not 4-methyl-dihydrocapsaicin (MC), a synthetic homolog of DC, were mutagenic in the V79 assay. Oxidative metabolism of C and DC by microsomes or ferricyanide yielded a dimer of C or DC. Based on the lack of mutagenicity of MC, the mutagenicities of C and DC and the supporting chemical data, a mechanism of action involving an intermediate phenoxy radical is proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-113
Number of pages5
JournalCancer Letters
Volume48
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 30 1989

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Keywords

  • V79 cells
  • capsaicin
  • dihydrocapsaicin
  • mutagenicity

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  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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The mutagenicity of capsaicin and dihydrocapsaicin in V79 cells. / Lawson, Terence A; Gannett, P.

In: Cancer Letters, Vol. 48, No. 2, 30.11.1989, p. 109-113.

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Lawson, Terence A ; Gannett, P. / The mutagenicity of capsaicin and dihydrocapsaicin in V79 cells. In: Cancer Letters. 1989 ; Vol. 48, No. 2. pp. 109-113.
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